We usually think of car accidents involving at least two vehicles, but single-car crashes are actually very common. According to a 2015 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 55 percent of automobile deaths involve single-vehicle accidents.
When only one car is involved, who is held liable for the accident? This is an important question to ask because it is the person at fault in an accident who is the one who has to compensate the other party for medical bills, damages and other expenses. We normally think there must be another driver being at fault in order to recover money for injuries but a corporation is a “person” in the eyes of the law and an experienced motor vehicle accident attorney will look for any and all persons who might be at fault for a collision.
In a single vehicle accident, the person at fault might be the person (the corporation) who manufactured the vehicle or a component thereof or it might be the person (the corporation) who constructed the roadway on which the accident occurred. There are laws that place fault on any person who placed into the stream of commerce a product that is defective and unreasonably dangerous.
Vehicle Manufacturers or Sellers
If the accident occurred because of a malfunction with the vehicle – like faulty tires, an exploding airbag, or some other issue out of the driver’s control – the car manufacturer could be liable.
Municipalities or Government Agencies
If the conditions of the road caused an accident, the corporation that constructed the roadway could be found at fault. Many collisions occur due to roads being under construction.
An Other driver
An other driver can still be at fault for causing a single-car accident. For example, if a distracted driver swerves into your lane, and in an attempt to avoid colliding with him, you have to drive off the road and then collide with a tree – the other driver is at fault because that other driver’s negligence is what caused you to have to leave the roadway, which resulted in an accident.
Have you ever looked at your checking account or credit card balance and wondered where all the money went? Routine expenses add up on their own. Throw in a few unexpected expenses, and you can find yourself in a financial crisis quickly. That’s one reason why even a not-so-serious car accident can be a huge interruption to folks in Arkansas. Medical bills, lost wages, car repairs, and other expenses add up quickly to create serious personal financial problems.
OurArkansas car accident attorneyshelp victims and their families get the compensation they deserve for their injuries so they don’t have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. That includes medical expenses, time away from work, and pain and suffering. If you’ve been injured by a careless driver, you shouldn’t be responsible for the financial impact. At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton, we’re ready to fight on your behalf so you don’t have to.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for afree consultation. Our experienced Arkansas car accident lawyers will review your case at no cost or obligation. And if we do take your case, you won’t pay us anything unless we get money for you. That’s our No Fee Guarantee. Don’t get stuck holding the bills. Contact us today for your free consultation.
The sad truth is that many cases have more value than the amount of available insurance (which is a minimum required amount of only $25,000 in Arkansas). But, commercial trucks are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to carry at least $750,000 in liability insurance. Plus, trucking companies usually have to purchase additional insurance in order to protect the assets of the company from being taken to pay a judgment debt. So, … typically, an 18-wheeler accident will result in a larger settlement than a car accident.
In addition, the injuries in a truck collision are generally greater. This is because the weight of truck multiplied by the speed yields a much greater force than is found in a collision involving vehicles others than large trucks. A passenger vehicle generally weighs 3,000 to 6,000 pounds. A loaded semi-tractor with trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This variance is so wide that the passenger vehicle cannot withstand the force imposed by the large truck and it crumples to the point that the occupants are significantly injured, even at lower collision speeds. Greater injury plus more liability insurance coverage translates to more money being available for settlements of claims involving 18-wheelers.
What are Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Many factors can cause a truck accident including those related to the driver, the vehicle, and the load they’re carrying. Here are some of the most common:
While not common, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton has been involved in suing trucking companies with drivers who were found to have been likely driving under the influence of drugs.
Have You Been in a Truck Accident?
The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. If you’ve been harmed in a truck accident, know that you could be owed substantial compensation from a settlement. Truck accident lawsuits are complicated. If we can help you, call Rainwater, Holt & Sexton to talk to a truck accident attorney.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are nearly 11 fatal truck accidents every day in the United States, resulting in 4,000 deaths annually. In addition, more than 100,000 people are injured every year as a result of truck crashes. With over 10 million trucks traveling American roads, it’s important to understand how to adjust your driving when in the company of commercial vehicles.
1. Stay out of Blind Zones
Large trucks have large blind spots. If you can’t see the driver in their side mirrors, they probably can’t see you either. Assume that blind spots are 30 feet directly behind the truck, 20 feet in front of the truck and on both sides of the vehicle. If you find yourself in a truck’s blind spot, slow down or move ahead to stay visible – do not linger in a “no zone” where they can’t see you.
2. Pass Safely and Don’t Cut In
Before passing a large truck, make sure you can see the driver in the mirror. Alert the driver that you’re passing by using your turn signal, move to the left lane and accelerate to get pass the vehicle promptly. Before pulling back in front of the truck, make sure they are visible in your rearview mirror. Don’t pass on a downgrade and never pass in the right lane. Trucks take 40 percent longer to stop, so don’t cut off a truck – they might not be able to slow quickly enough to avoid a collision.
3. Anticipate Wide Turns
Trucks need extra turning room and swing wide or even start their turn from the middle lane to clear the curb. If a truck has its turn signal on, don’t try to squeeze by it or get between the truck and the curb.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in Arkansas, set up a free consultation with a Little Rock truck accident lawyer to talk about your options for recovering compensation.
Airbags have only been around since the 1970s, when Ford introduced them in an experimental fleet of cars. It wasn’t until 1998 that airbags became a requirement in all new vehicles. Airbags are now in all of our cars, but do you know how they work?
Parts of an Airbag
There are three main parts to an airbag: the bag, the sensor and the inflation system.
The bag itself. The actual airbag is made of thin, nylon fabric. It’s folded into the steering wheel or dashboard.
Sensor. The sensor tells the bag to inflate in a collision. The sensor is calibrated to detect a collision force equal to running into a brick wall at 10 to 15 miles per hour.
Inflation System. The airbag is inflated with sodium azide and potassium nitrate with a device that’s the equivalent of a solid rocket booster.The two gases react quickly to produce a large pulse of hot nitrogen gas which inflates the bag causing it to burst out of the steering wheel or dashboard as it expands.
What Happens When it Inflates
When nitrogen is produced by the inflation system and the bag inflates, it bursts out of the steering wheel or dashboard. The reaction happens faster than you can blink your eye, keeping you from colliding with the steering wheel, dashboard and windshield. About a second after the airbags inflate, they are already deflating because of holes in it, so it can get out of your way.
Airbags don’t always work as they’re supposed to. For example, Takata airbags have been under scrutiny and millions have been recalled for defects that have killed several people instead of saving them. If you’ve been in a car accident and have experienced injuries from an airbag, contact a Fayetteville car accident attorney.
Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolt of the neck or shoulders. It is a common byproduct of car accidents, and it doesn’t always appear immediately after the collision.
In a rear-end car accident, whiplash occurs because of inertia. As the inertia of your body is moving forward, it’s stopped suddenly by your seatbelt. Your head, though, continues moving while the body is stopped. The “whip” occurs when the head snaps back.
Immediately following an accident, you might feel okay because your body is pumping adrenaline, which masks the pain. Once the adrenaline leaves your body, the pain will set in – hours or days later.
Symptoms of Whiplash
After a car accident, if you feel any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing whiplash:
Neck or shoulder pain and stiffness
Soreness or pain in the jaw
Weakness in one or both arms
Dizziness and vomiting
Back pain or discomfort
Ringing of the ears
Don’t Delay Medical Treatment
Even though you might feel okay, you should always accept medical care at the scene of the accident because of the fact that adrenaline could be hiding a serious injury.
However, if a paramedic was not at the scene, see a doctor as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the less serious your injury will appear in the eyes of a claim adjuster. They could argue that it was caused by something else and it could appear suspicious that you waited to seek medical attention.
Go to your primary care physician first, and they’ll refer you to a specialist if needed. Avoid clinics that advertise help with personal injury claims, as they likely won’t have your best interest in mind.
See a Car Accident Lawyer
Keep a record of all of your medical treatments and daily symptons, and see a Conway car accident lawyer. Whether you decide to make an insurance claim or pursue a lawsuit against the guilty party, a car accident lawyer can help determine the best course of action.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you need to know much money are you are going to lose out of pocket. One hundred dollars? One thousand? You need to be able to answer that question because cash flow is so very important. As Arkansas workers’ compensation lawyers, it is our job to know the answer to questions like that. More importantly, it is our job to make sure our clients get every penny they deserve when dealing with the workers’ compensation insurance company handling your claim. Workers’ compensation insurance companies insure the employer, not the worker. The insurance company’s loyalty is to the employer, not the employee. Thus, the injured worker needs his or her own advocate – to make sure the employee gets what is owed under the facts and the law.
AtRainwater, Holt & Sexton, we handle workers’ compensation claims because we know it is hard to get full benefits for an on-the-job injury. The truth of the matter is you only get one chance to get your workers’ comp claim right, and your family’s financial future just may depend on how well it all turns out. An experiencedArkansas workers’ compensation attorneyknows how these claims work and can fight on your behalf to help make sure you’re treated fairly.
If you’ve been injured on the job, don’t take chances with your family’s financial future. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorneys will review your case for free and answer any questions you might have about your options. If we feel we can help, we’ll do everything within our power to maximize your workers’ comp claim so you can put this accident behind you. Contact us today.
At Rainwater, Holt & Sexton we pride ourselves on serving all of Arkansas. Yes, we mean geographically, and we have shown our commitment with offices in four locations in the state. That also means serving everyone who lives in Arkansas. Our firm spent the last few days working with the Mexican Consulate’s mobile consulate in Northwest Arkansas. The mobile consulate travels the state helping Mexicans in Arkansas with a variety needs. One need highly expressed was legal help, especially with Power of Attorney. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday our firm had 5 lawyers and 7 staff onsite to help answer legal questions and assist in creating Powers of Attorney for families. We also called on many other lawyers that are friends of the firm, of which many specialize in immigration and family law.
It’s an honor to work with the Mexican Consulate, which is the Mexican government’s representation in Arkansas. We don’t take the responsibility lightly and we are grateful for the trust they put in us. Through the work with the Mexican Consulate we have been able to build great relationships with consulate officers and build relationships with people we can help. We also had an opportunity to speak with Univision reporter Karen Perez.
In our opinion, you should never go it alone after an injury-causing accident, but that’s especially true in a motorcycle crash. If you’ve been injured on a motorcycle due to someone else’s negligence, you have a strong personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Proving fault in a motorcycle case can, however, prove to be difficult. This is especially true when there were no independent witnesses. An experienced Arkansas motorcycle accident attorney can investigate your accident to ensure the proper party is held accountable.
Even when there seems to be no doubt as to fault, getting full compensation from the insurance company can still be a challenge. Motorcycle accident claims can cost insurance companies hundreds of thousands of dollars. They may try to pay you way less than you deserve in an effort to protect their bottom line. The sad reality is a lot of motorcycle victims will take that low settlement simply because they don’t know what their case is truly worth. AnArkansas motorcycle accident attorneyknows how to determine what an accident is worth and can fight to get you every dollar you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, give us a call today for afree, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost to you, and if we take your case, we’ll do everything within our power to maximize your injury claim. Don’t risk getting less for your injuries than you deserve. Contact Rainwater, Holt & Sexton today.
The Our Kids Program is dedicated to making a difference in the community by mentoring young men in middle through high school. The program uses African American police officers and other role models in the community to reach out, work with, and provide positive influences in the lives young African American men. Sgt. Willie Davis is the program coordinator and he and other volunteers try to be involved in every facet of their life. Not only do they provide something to do on Saturdays, but they also visit them at school and home in an effort to get to know and reach out to the kids. The work that Sgt. Davis and the rest of the men at the Our Kids Program are doing is why they are Difference Makers in the fight for Victory Over Violence.
The Difference Maker award is done in conjunction with the Victory Over Violence campaign launched by KARK Channel 4 and Fox 16. Once a month, Rainwater, Holt & Sexton will present a $1,000 donation to an organization that is fighting violence in the community and has established themselves as a true Difference Maker. The partnership goal is to create a safer Central Arkansas by uniting community groups that are promoting change through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring, and hunger.